Carl Junction Police Step Up Enforcement of “Golf Cart Ordinance”
Adam Greek often enjoys driving through town in his golf cart with his three year old son Garrett under his wing, but recent enforcement of a city golf cart ordinance aims to stop these father son trips.
“My in-laws live about three blocks away and we’ve always used the golf cart to commute to friends’ houses and to go over there for dinners and things. And I was pretty upset when we couldn’t take my son Garrett in the neighborhood anymore,” says Greek.
On city streets golf carts are considered a motor vehicle. And according to Missouri state law and the city’s ordinance anyone under the age of four like Garrett must be riding in a child safety seat, something not possible in a golf cart.
“Situation is, look at the worst case scenario with your child at what could happen, and if you do have a crash how is the child going to survive the accident?” asks Chief Delmar Haase.
For many families in the community of Briarbrook driving a golf cart through town is a way of life. And for responsible drivers like Greek he feels the recent enforcement unfairly punishes him and his son.
“We’re traveling on roads that have 20 and 25 mile per hour posted speed limits. We’re not running out on the highway. We’re not pulling out in front of cars crossing major intersections. If the issue is speeding drivers, and underage kids that are driving recklessly in golf carts, than I think that’s what needs to be addressed. Not the responsible parents that are driving 15 miles per hour on the back roads to see friends and family,” Greek.
Only a couple minor accidents with a car hitting a golf cart have happened in the city, but the chief says that’s not to say one couldn’t happen in the future.
Under the ordinance all drivers must have a license and proof of insurance with them while driving a golf cart. Chief Haase says anyone recklessly not following the law could face child endangerment charges. A committee will soon look to make the code more in line with state law.